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Originally posted by veritas93
Could it be that the US federal govt doesn't dump money into science because private industries are happy to do it themselves for the sake of making a buck? Doesn't really sound that strange to me. The work gets done and the discoveries are made all the same.
So I assume that the very fact that you're having to ask for more money supports the claim that the US falls a bit short in this arena? That would truly be a shame and a bit embarrassing.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
Maybe i read it wrong... but it appeared to critisize the government because the people that are in charge of deciding what grants to approve, are appointees, that are chosen for thier political affiliation instead of intellegence or experience... and that the Bush administration has "given" appointments as favors instead of rewards for achievment.
... the Bush administration has "given" appointments as favors instead of rewards for achievment.
We need to have the best and the brightest in these appointments, or else we end up with money pit "star wars" type programs or Particle colliders that could blow up the world without proper oversight.... Or even pet projects of the appointees themselves (a bad enough scandal itself),
instead of good progressive science that is for the good of mankind...